Ruled surfaces for rationalization and design in architecture

S. Flöry, H. Pottmann
Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), conference, pp. 103-109, (2010)

Ruled surfaces for rationalization and design in architecture


Rationalization , Design


​In  this  work  we  address  the  challenges  in  the  realization  of  free-form  architecture  and complex shapes in general with thtechnical advantages of ruled surfaces. We propose a  geometry  processing  framework  to  approximate  (rationalize)  a  given  shape  by  one  or multiple  strips  of  ruled  surfaces.  We  discuss  techniques  to  achieve  an  overall  smooth surface  and  develop  a  parametric  model  for  the  generation  of  curvature  continuous surfaces  composed  of  ruled  surface  strips.  We  illustrate  the  usability  of  the  proposed process at hand of several projects, where the pipe line has been  applied to compute NC  data for mould production and to rationalize large parts of free-form facades.





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